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National Archives and Records AdministrationBerlin Documentary (1961)

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National Archives and Records Administration

Berlin Documentary

Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - )

BERLIN DOCUMENTARY, WEST BERLIN, GERMANY, AUGUST AND DECEMBER 1961, 08/1961. ARC Identifier 68514 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-31891A. Summary: Coverage of an American serviceman in the Berlin Air Traffic Control Center (TCC) taking his family on a tour after work hours. Included are scenes of Berlin Wall, the famous "Death Street," Bernauer Strasse and West Berlin Christmas decorations and holiday shoppers. Reel 1: Scenes in the Berlin Air Traffic Control Center (TCC) of MSgt Charles J. Darr, watch supervisor, checking over shoulder of two team members watching radarscope and directing air traffic in. 187' SLATE: BERLIN. CAMERAMAN: GLADDEN. 194' Scenes of MSgt Darr getting into car with family, driving away and arriving at Friedrich Strasse checkpoint. 278' MCU silhouette of soldier using binoculars framed by doorway. 291' MLS high angle and MS's of sign in Russian, French, German and English: YOU ARE LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR -- shows MSgt Darr and family walking up to border, talking to USA MP and leaving. 358' SLATE: BERLIN. CAMERAMAN: GLADDEN. 364' LS of Brandenburg Gate. 367' MS & MCU of signs (one in German): ATTENTION WEST BERLIN and YOU ARE NOW LEAVING BRITISH SECTOR -- shows MSgt Darr and family looking at sign. 411' MLS top of Brandenburg Gate. 426' MS's of MSgt Darr and family as British armored car with soldiers drives up, MSgt Darr's children climbing on car and getting down and leaving. 553' LS & MLS of airlift memorial in front of Tempelhof AB -- shows MSgt Darr's station wagon pulling away. 651' Scenes of MSgt Darr and family arriving at the Friedrich Strasse American checkpoint, looking at sign, oldest boy using USA MP's binoculars -- MCU of MP and family. 764' LS'S of Vopo. 772' LS of building in East Berlin with Vopo on street talking as civilian walks by. 782' SLATE: CAMERAMAN: DUMULOIN. BERLIN. 784' Scenes of Brandenburg Gate; MSgt Darr and family looking at sign: YOU ARE NOW LEAVING BRITISH SECTOR; top of Brandenburg Gate, British armored car with soldiers atop stopping; MSgt Darr's children climbing onto top of car and using binoculars. 938' Total footage in reel. Reel 2: SLATE: CAMERAMAN: DUMULOIN. BERLIN. 3' Shows MSgt Darr's family leaving Brandenburg Gate area and stopping in front of Russian memorial in back of barbed wire -- shows two British soldiers walking past memorial and standing guard in fg. 128' LS & MLS of Christmas shoppers walking on street past camera and Woolworth and department stores decorated for Christmas. (Very late evening) 237' LS's & MLS's high angle old Checkpoint Charlie with two Vopo's on street in front of crossing and MS of signs in German: TOGETHER LET US WORK FOR PEACE and UNDERSTANDING THE GERMAN PEACE TREATY TAMES WEST GERMAN MILITARISM! -- shows car stopping at crossing with Vopo guard walking over to it. 317' LS of trolley car moving toward camera on Kurfuhrstendamn -- memorial church in bg. (Nearly dark) 347' Scenes of Berlin policeman directing traffic during Christmas rush, shoppers and lighted stores with people window shopping. 495' SLATE: CHRISTMAS IN BERLIN. CAMERAMAN: DUNKER. 498' MLS & MS of Berlin airlift memorial being decorated -- Tempelhof Airport in bg. (Fair quality) 581' LS & MLS of Bismarck and Prussian General Molke statues and Russian memorial. 648' Scenes of checkpoint. (N.G.) 661' Total footage in reel. Reel 3: LS of USA Checkpoint Charlie with MS of crowd. 36' MCU of West German police at Checkpoint Charlie. 51' MS of West Germans standing on street at Bernauer Strasse. 80' MLS of church behind brick wall. 105' LS & MS of floral pieces marking place on Bernauer Strasse where East Berliner jumped from window and met death. 136' MS of house with bricked-up windows. 152' LS of building showing roof with barbed wire along edge. 184' SLATE: THE BERLIN WALL. CAMERAMAN: DUNKER. 198' LS high angle of Autobahn with radio tower, called Funkturm or Long Lulatsch by Berliners. 239' SLATE: ILLEGIBLE. 244' MLS low angle, tilted showing top of radio tower (Funkturm). 267' MLS & MS of Brandenburg Gate with Berlin Wall -- watch tower in fg in first scene. 312' MS low angle of two West Berlin policemen on observation platform -- Brandenburg Gate in bg. 354' MS of Berlin Wall -- park and watch tower in bg. 383' LS & MS of Friedrich Strasse -- US Army Checkpoint Charlie in bg. 465' SLATE: CAMERAMAN: DUMOULIN. BERLIN. 468' Scenes of people shopping in department store. 627' AMLS's of Brandenburg Gate, apartment housing project, church, wall separating East and West Berlin, blocked roads, Russian and Vopo's patrolling area, Communist railroad track removed, and ditch and path cut through wooded area. 754' Total footage in reel. Fair-Good (Basic: Orig neg)

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Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Language: English
Keywords: archives.gov; public.resource.org

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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